David Roberts

David Roberts

Energy, politics, and more

David Roberts is a staff writer for Grist. You can subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter or email him at droberts at grist dot org, if you're into that sort of thing.

Climate & Energy

Should the feds bail out coal miners?

As we shift to a cleaner economy, what do we owe workers from the coal fields? What about workers from other dying industries?

Politics

Democrats: Coal country is just not that into you

Dems should stop wasting time trying to win over rural whites and instead embrace the diverse, urban voters who value a clean environment.

Politics

Republicans flail about looking for alternative to climate denialism

The GOP position on climate change is unstable, both intellectually and politically, and it's getting ever more awkward for candidates to stick to it.

Climate & Energy

Hey, Paul Krugman: Here’s the real argument about climate change and economic growth

The New York Times columnist says we can keep our economy growing even while we cut CO2 emissions. But is that true if we cut emissions as dramatically as we need to?

Climate & Energy

Radical judge kneecaps clean electricity under cover of boringness

It might not sound like a big deal when a federal court nixes an obscure regulatory rule from an obscure federal agency. But it is! Why do you think that bunny is so alert?!

Climate & Energy

No, we should not abandon the 2C target

Two academics argue that the international community should drop the long-held goal of limiting global average temperature rise to 2 degrees C or less. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Climate & Energy

No, you actually haven’t found a way to reach conservatives on climate change

Some people cite polls and psychological research to argue that it's possible to appeal to conservatives on climate change. If only it were so.

Climate & Energy

Is there any hope for international climate talks?

A binding international treaty with firm emission limits just isn’t happening. Now attention is turning to a bottom-up, “pledge and review” strategy. Can it work?

Climate & Energy

How solar can become the world’s largest source of electricity

Even the stodgy International Energy Agency is scrambling to keep up with the good news on solar panels.

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